List of Houston Texans first-round draft picks

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The Houston Texans joined the National Football League (NFL) in 2002. The Texans' first selection as an NFL team was David Carr, a quarterback from Fresno State. The team's most recent first-round selection was Tytus Howard, an offensive tackle from Alabama State.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting," which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Texans have selected number one overall thrice, David Carr in 2002, Mario Williams in 2006, and Jadeveon Clowney in 2014. The team never selected number two overall and number three overall once, Andre Johnson. No player selected by the Texans has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. The Houston Texans have only once drafted two or more times in the first round, which occurred in 2004.

Player selections[edit]

Selected number one overall On Texans active roster
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
2002 1 David Carr QB Fresno State First draft pick in franchise history. Agreed to contract before the draft.
2003 3 Andre Johnson WR Miami (FL) 7x Pro Bowl selection.
2x All-Pro first-team selection.
2004 10 Dunta Robinson CB South Carolina
27 Jason Babin DE Western Michigan 2x Pro Bowl selection.[1]
2005 16 Travis Johnson DT Florida State [2]
2006 1 Mario Williams DE North Carolina State 4x Pro Bowl selection.
1x All-Pro first-team selection.
2007 10 Amobi Okoye DT Louisville Youngest player ever taken in modern draft era.
2008 26 Duane Brown OT Virginia Tech 4x Pro Bowl selection.
1x All-Pro first-team selection.
2009 15 Brian Cushing OLB Southern California 1x Pro Bowl selection.
2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
2010 20 Kareem Jackson CB Alabama
2011 11 J. J. Watt DE Wisconsin 5x Pro Bowl selection.
5x All-Pro first-team selection.
2014 Bert Bell Award.
3x Defensive Player of the Year.
2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.
2012 26 Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
2013 27 DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson 3x Pro Bowl selection.
2x All-Pro first team selection.
2014 1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina 3x Pro Bowl selection.
1x All-Pro first-team selection.
2015 16 Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest
2016 21 Will Fuller WR Notre Dame [3]
2017 12 Deshaun Watson QB Clemson 1x Pro Bowl selection
2018 No pick, traded to Cleveland Browns, used to select Denzel Ward [4]
2019 23 Tytus Howard OT Alabama State


  1. ^ On April 24, 2004, the Texans traded their 2004 second round pick, third round pick, fourth round pick, and fifth round pick to the Tennessee Titans for their 2004 first round pick (27th overall) and fifth-round pick.
  2. ^ On April 23, 2005, the Texans traded their 2005 first round pick (13th overall) to the New Orleans Saints for their 2005 first round pick (16th overall) and a 2006 third round pick.
  3. ^ On April 28, 2016, the Texans traded their 2016 first round pick (22nd overall) and a 2017 sixth round pick to the Washington Redskins for their 2016 first round pick (21st overall).
  4. ^ On April 27, 2017, the Texans traded their 2017 first round pick (25th overall) and their 2018 first round pick (4th overall) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for their 2017 first round pick (12th overall).


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